CNU Team Members: Rachel Wolf, Jesse Harrison, Michael Palmer, Nicholas McMahon, Dan Ackerman, Stephen Protzman
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 Christopher Newport University and teams from The College of William & Mary, Hampton University, University of Richmond, and Virginia State University participated in the worldwide student programming contest called the International Collegiate Programming Context (ICPC), sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and IBM.
CNU hosted three teams from William & Mary, Hampton University, University of Richmond, and two from Virginia State University and CNU. Each team had three upperclassmen students and one or two coaches. All students who participate must have a computer science background and are typically selected by their coaches based on their problem solving abilities.
Out of the different world regions, CNU belongs to the North-American Mid-Atlantic region, which encompasses D.C., East Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. This year our region had 191 student teams from 65 universities competing in 10 sites across the region. CNU is the only site on the Virginia peninsula, and the closest are in Radford Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Durham, NC.
CNU placed fourth and fifth in its site, and 97 and 112 in the region. Top teams in the region will advance to the world contest in June in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
In addition to the teams competing in the contest, CNU had the local organizing group, which consisted of Dr. Roberto Flores (site director), Prof. Aaron Koehl (coach), Ray Koehl (CNU’s PCSE Systems Administrator), Prof. Keith Perkins (local judge), and a group of 12 CNU student volunteers.